Quality of Life
Safety, affordability and livability are essential to New York City’s global competitiveness. The Partnership supports public policies and programs that advance these objectives.
The Partnership is also monitoring quality of life issues in our quarterly dashboard of economic indicators that show the city’s progress or slippage.
Overall crime in New York City dropped 4 percent from 2015 to 2016.
Murders dropped by 4 percent from 2015 to 2016.
With over 800 homeless people per 100,000 residents, New York City has more homeless people per capita than any other major U.S. city except Washington, D.C. and Boston. Nearly 90 percent of the city’s homeless are African-American or Latino.
New York City has twice as many homeless people as any other U.S. city.
The city accounts for 2.7 percent of the nation’s total population, but 14 percent of the homeless.
The city’s sheltered homeless population has grown 53 percent in the last five years.
Homeless Shelter Population
In 2016, it costs $94.57 a night to shelter a single adult (20 percent increase over 2015) and $120.22 for a family (6.9 percent increase from 2015). The city’s Independent Budget Office projects shelter costs in the city to reach nearly $1.7 billion in 2017, up 20 percent from 2016.
The city cannot remove homeless people from the street against their will, unless they present an immediate danger to themselves or others. By law, the city’s homeless have the right to receive shelter.
In the past five years, there was a 72 percent increase in 311 calls reporting a homeless person in need of assistance or a homeless encampment. More than 75 percent of calls about homelessness come from Manhattan.
Increase in Homeless Population
An annual survey of homeless people living on the streets suggests that the population has increased just 6 percent over the past five years, but many argue it is undercounted.